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Hyde Parkers too dependent on autos

To the Editor: Hyde Park led the way on recycling in the seventies, so why can’t we lead the way building homes for people without cars? My wife and I are a young couple wanting to start a family in Hyde Park. It would be nice to have other young families move to 53rd Street.(…)

Arguments for McMobil plan don’t add up

To the Editor: One thing the University of Chicago is justifiably proud of is its ability to teach analytical, logical and rational thinking. There are many U of C students and alums here. Why, then, has there not yet been a rational, analytical and logical argument offered to justify putting this particular proposed building on(…)

Mesa weighs in on McMobil project

To the Editor: On behalf of all of my colleagues at Mesa Development, a family-owned, Chicago-based real estate firm committed to smart development, sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship, I would like to thank the many Hyde Park residents and businesses who have expressed support for our proposed development on 1330 E. 53rd St. I would(…)

A piece of Ancona School’s early history

To the Editor: In your recent article about the 50th anniversary of the Ancona School, I saw no mention of some important facts, especially the origin of the student scholarships. Next door to the Ancona School on 48th Street and Dorchester Avenue was a tenement filled with numerous single mothers of rowdy children. The latter(…)

In defence of the McMobil project

To the Editor: In recent weeks there have been many letters in regard to the McMobil site, mostly negative. There are the doomsayers and those who believe “the sky is falling” in regards to traffic and parking. But most predictions of doom are unfulfilled. Years ago there were the same predictions in regard to the(…)

McMobil letter author has hidden agenda

To The Editor: For the sake of transparency, I’d like to bring it to your attention that the “Time for compromise at McMobil site” letter published in your April 3, 2013 issue, was written by a consultant and intern of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Mr. Jason Duba authored quite a passionate letter in(…)

“Night of 100 Stars” gala at DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African American History is hosting its annual “Night of 100 Stars” gala. On Saturday, April 13, from 6 p.m. to midnight, Dusable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., will celebrate its anniversary with a star-filled gala that honors African Americans that have made an impact on the community. Having grown in popularity(…)

Chicago Center gala

Chicago Center gala

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park-based Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture’s (CCULC) yearly spring fundraiser will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at Ignite Glass Studios, 401 N. Armor St. The not-for-profit organization offering college students social work and teaching opportunities in urban communities(…)

Hyde Park Records celebrates

Hyde Park Records celebrates

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park Records and WHPK will mark national Record Store Day for their second year on Saturday, April 20, with DJ sets and artist appearances slated to take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the shop, 1377 E. 53rd St. Record Store Day was founded in(…)

Murray rummage sale

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Murray Language Academy Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will be hosting its fourth annual rummage sale on Saturday, April 13, to raise money to assist with providing programs and other resources for the school. The rummage sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gym(…)

Quilt show returns to Hyde Park

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor The 23rd Annual Quilt Show and Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. The exhibition features more than 200 quilts, according to organizer and longtime congregation member Tracy Lampkins, who will have several of(…)

AG Raoul? Not so fast

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13), is interested in the Illinois’ Attorney General seat, but he’s focusing on the job he has now. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday that Raoul had hopes of taking the seat if its current occupant, Lisa Madigan, decides to run for governor. “There are people who(…)

Hyde Park mom takes on CPS

Hyde Park mom takes on CPS

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer A Hyde Park parent and blogger who goes by the name of Southside CPS Mom has launched a blog called Chicago Public Fools. She said she chose the title, which is a parody of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), to grab the attention of both parents and CPS administrators. Southside(…)

McCormick head looks to build on seminary’s past

McCormick head looks to build on seminary’s past

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In his inaugural address last February, McCormick Theological Seminary (MTS) president Frank Yamada identified three themes of focus for the school: a new level of diversity, innovation and technology and connecting with the next generation of spiritual leaders. Yamada joined the faculty of MTS in 2008 as the director(…)

Ray principal removed

On the eve of a major influx of students at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., both the principal and vice principal have been abruptly removed, according to a document sent to the Herald. “This letter is to inform you that [Ray Principal] Ms. Tatia Beckwith and [Vice Principal] Mr. Jeffrey Alstadt have been(…)

Arrestees weigh in on scrutiny to UCPD

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A protest in January ended with a reignited the call for a trauma care center on the South Side of Chicago. It also created calls from University of Chicago staff, faculty and students to review the university’s police department’s policies and practices after four were arrested and many treated roughly.(…)

CPS puts Hyde Park’s middle school experiment under the gun

CPS puts Hyde Park’s middle school experiment under the gun

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer On Jan. 23, 2002, the Chicago Board of Education approved what was then called the Canter Middle School Global Village. Now the community will gather once again to try to save the school they formed at a series of Chicago Public School community meetings. “It’s a real good example(…)

U. of C., Hyde Park Herald alum Axelrod opens Institute of Politics

U. of C., Hyde Park Herald alum Axelrod opens Institute of Politics

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Obama strategist David Axelrod came to Hyde Park Monday morning to cut the ribbon for his newly opened University of Chicago Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. Following an a capella performance including the national anthem and the hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by six Chicago(…)

Following online petition, Harper Theater will show “42”

Following online petition, Harper Theater will show “42”

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL The Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., will be playing “42″ after all, following an online petition by the cinema and an exchange between owner Tony Fox and a company offical. Fox told the Herald Thursday evening that Warner Bros., the Jackie Robinson biopic’s distributor, originally would not provide him with the(…)

Ray principal, vice principal removed

Ray principal, vice principal removed

On the eve of a major influx of students at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., both the principal and vice principal have been abruptly removed, according to a document sent to the Herald. “This letter is to inform you that [Ray Principal] Ms. Tatia Beckwith and [Vice Principal] Mr. Jeffrey Alstadt have been(…)